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Success Stories From the ENCPC

 

Case1:  Supporting the Egyptian Companies to Comply with REACH

REACH (New Legislative Framework on Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals Substances) is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
The new regulation doesn't only focus on opening markets for local Egyptian producers in the European market but it also serves as a market based instrument in promoting cleaner production and sound environmental performance, the Regulation also insures the assessment of the physicochemical hazards for human health and the Environment for each chemical to be registered .

According to REACH requirements, the Egyptian companies which are exporting to the EU countries are obliged to comply with these new requirements.  Subsequently, the Egyptian companies are obliged to pre-register their chemicals by the first of December 2008 otherwise they will not be able to further export their chemicals for the EU market.

Preregistered Egyptian Companies till 1-1-2010

The ENCPC was involved in formulation of the national steering committee on REACH which has representatives from different competent authorities (e.g. Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Environment, Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Chemical & Fertilizer Council). The mandate of the National Steering Committee on REACH is to provide assistance to the Egyptian companies in the process of complying with the requirements of REACH for pre-registration and registration of their chemical substances.

 

In this context, the ENCPC has provided the pre-registration services to 67 Egyptian companies in close cooperation with a selected Only Representative (OR). BiPRO is the contracted OR for ENCPC where both are currently assisting more than 26 Egyptian Companies in the full registration stage for 2010 according to REACH requirements.


Case 2: Inventory, Safeguarding and Managing of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Egypt

Sampling PCBS oil from an old transformer

The Egyptian Government completed its National Implementation Plan (NIP) in mid 2005 and submitted the finalized document to the Stockholm Convention on March 16, 2006. The country's priorities in terms of POPs, as outlined in the NIP, include actions plans to address unintentional releases of dioxin and furans, management and environmentally sound disposal of PCBs and Pesticide wastes, institutional and regulatory strengthening measures, and awareness building and stakeholder involvement activities.

The Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre and the C.S.D (Swiss consulting firm) were awarded a tender to update the existing data of PCB's (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) and Obsolete Pesticides (including pesticides listed in Stockholm convention)  in addition to prepare a co-financing strategy for management of PCBs and obsolete pesticides in Egypt.

Project Activities:

  • Review of existing data on PCB Stock to be available.
  • Prepare an initial PCB inventory, which includes methodology development, data collection and data analysis and results.
  • Review of existing inventory of obsolete pesticides.
  • Update of inventory of obsolete pesticides.
  • Preparation for the development of co-financing strategy.

Case 3: Assessment and Capacity Building in Chemicals and Chemicals Waste Management in Egypt- Quick Start Project

Background:  

The Project is implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (Leading) in Close cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (Supporting partner) and SAICM (Strategic Approach for International Chemicals Management / Quick Start Program (QSP) Trust Fund - United Nations Environment Programme (Supporting partner). In addition to local partners as follows:  cooperation and coordination with the following local stakeholders (Sub-contractors):

  • Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)- Chemical and Hazardous Material Department 
  • Federation of Egyptian Industry (FEI)- Chemical Chamber
  • Basel Convention Regional Centre in Cairo

Objective of Project:

The project will contribute to assist the Egyptian government to cope with the international agreements related to chemicals management (e.g. SAICM, Rotterdam, Basel and Stockholm conventions) and implement the Egyptian national plan on chemicals management. In this context, the project is aiming at preparing an inventory for what types and quantities of chemicals and chemicals waste in Egypt with special focus on 6th October and Sadat City as a scope for the project and also identifying options for their sustainable management and best available technologies for reuse, recycling or recovery of chemicals waste.

Project Activities:

  • Assessing the existing situation in the management of chemicals and chemical waste in Egypt with specific reference to companies in 6th October and Sadat City.
  • Developing guidelines for the sound management of chemicals waste, that take into account the concept of cleaner production
  • Building capacity of local experts for the implementation of sound management of chemical waste management

Case 4: Energy Efficiency Audit for GBG Company

The ENCPC is providing technical assistance for the Egyptian companies on energy efficiency and industrial application of renewable energy.

Overview:

An energy efficiency audit was prepared by the ENCPC for GBG Company after a site visit, to investigate the potential opportunities for energy saving and conservation. After conducting the electrical loads of the machinery survey in the presented report to the management, a representation of energy consumption was in place. Then a comparison between the costs of electricity, diesel fuel, and the natural gas as the three main power sources used in the production.

Project Aim (Fuel Switching):

  • To replace the electric production line to become powered by natural gas, switching the production line which is runs on diesel fuel to natural gas.
  • Improving the lighting system was the second objective of the project.

Case 5: Case Study on Industrial Application of Slag from Iron Steel in Road Construction at El EZZ Steels and Rebars Company

Background:

Preparation of slag aggregate in steel factory

Slag is a substance that is produced from the iron and steel furnaces as a molten mixture of limestone and the earthy components of iron ore and coke, which have separated from the molten iron and steel in the furnace and represents about 8% from the total steel production. Once scorned as a useless by-product, it is now accepted and, often, preferred and specified as it is known to be a valuable material with many and variable applications

Project Description:

  • Reuse of non valuable slag as valuable aggregate in road construction.
  • Minimize big area occupied by this huge amount of slag & reuse it.
  • Solve the national problem of accumulation of slag from all iron & steel companies
  • Eliminate dumping cost and raise the quality of roads and reduce the maintenance costs of roads.

Envionmental Benefits:

  • Re-use of industrial waste as raw materials in the process of road construction.
  • Reduce the accumulation of solid waste in the iron and steel companies, which is considered a national problem.
  • Improve the working environment by reducing emissions generated by the accumulation of slag.
  • Natural Resources Conservation.

Case6: Rehabilitation, commissioning and testing of Dust Collectors at the Egyptian Ferroalloys Co. (EFACO)

Background:

The Egyptian Ferroalloys Co. is considered to be the largest industrial integration center for the production of Ferro-Silicon alloy in the Middle East, produces, promotes, distributes, and exports the Ferro-Silicon alloy 75% in the international and domestic markets from Egypt.

Problem Description:

  • Dust collectors are currently working at low filtration efficiency.
  • Large part of the dust carried out in the gas flow is puffed out of the system to work place.
  • Most of the filtration media (the bags are out of function).
  • Huge amount of silica fine dust is precipitated onto the water surface of the River Nile.
  • Loss of valuable by-product (silica dust).

Environmental Benefits:

  • Reduction of the dust emission from furnaces.
  • Minimization the precipitation of dust on the water surface of the River Nile.
  • Improvement of work environment and ambient quality to attain compliance with law 4/94.
  • Improve the recovery of silica dust at rate of 1600 ton /year.